KU achieves 569th position among varsities across globe
Karachi, Mar 08: The University of Karachi (KU) was on Monday ranked 569th in the category of top universities of the world by the Times Higher Education - Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World Ranking 2010.
KU was also ranked 3rd among 95 Pakistani institutes and universities from both private and public sectors according to the peer-reviewed journals index of Thomson Reuters-ISI Web of Knowledge 2010.
KU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui expressed his overwhelming pleasure over this achievement of the university.
He said in his statement, "It is a moment of immense pleasure that the KU has been ranked at the 569th position in the category of top universities of the world."
He further said, "I want to extend my gratitude to the hardworking teachers and students, who are the emerging flair of the world and who have played a vital role in achieving this goal."
The VC also sent a letter of appreciation to all the scholars of KU, whose hard work and dedicated efforts resulted in accomplishing the goal. Daily times
KU seminar on Women's Day
Karachi: The Centre of Excellence for Women's Studies (CEWS) of the University of Karachi is holding a seminar today (Tuesday) to celebrate International Women's Day and highlight the problems faced by females in their lives and come up with methods to solve them. This Seminar will also highlight the menace of child labour in Karachi and the attempts of CEWS to eradicate this problem.
CEWS is also launching three publications in collaboration with of Anjuman-e-Taraqqi-e-Niswan,. These include the 'Directory of the Alumni of the Department of Social Work and the CEWS, KU', 'Bridging the gaps: Research at the CEWS, KU' and' Karachi Kay Nu Umar Mehnatkash Bachchey Aur Bachchiyan: Ek Jaiza that give an account of the methods adopted by CEWS researchers to eliminate various forms of suffering.
Director CEWS Dr Nasreen Aslam Shah informed that the centre believed in 'research with practical work'. "We want to draw the attention of the government and the civil society and do something ourselves (CEWS) to alleviate their suffering of working class women. They are a very important part of our society and we can not ignore them". Former Karachi Nazim Mustafa Kamal will be the Chief Guest; Minister Social Welfare Department, Government of Sindh Nargis N.D. Khan will be the Guest of Honour. The news
Two Urdu novels launched
Karachi: Two new Urdu novels - Aik Sadi Ki Kahani by Razia Fasih Ahmed and Qurtuba by Mustafa Karim - were launched by distinguished humourist Mushtaq Ahmed Yousufi at the arts council on Monday.
The highlight of the event was writer Hasan Manzar's thought-provoking presidential speech.
He lamented the sad treatment meted out to the Urdu language and in that context called the two novelists (Mustafa Karim and Razia Fasih Ahmed) servants of Urdu (Urdu ke khuddam).
He commented that at a time when the number of buyers of Urdu books had decreased appreciably, the two expatriates (both novelists live abroad) were doing a praiseworthy job. He said it was difficult to make the new generation (which considered 'slow' even A Street Car Named Desire by Tennessee Williams) appreciate and acknowledge the worth of such a rich language. He hoped the way Urdu was kept alive after partition through ghazals, films and music the next generations might be able to rediscover it. He said both novels were important because they're about their times.
He took a jibe at the film War and Peace claiming it didn't have the soul of the novel. He said "novel dahr ka izhar hota hai". Painting a dark picture of society, he argued the novelist had many a topic to write on (abduction, extortion, black marketing, bloodshed, etc), and subtly touched upon what's happening in the Arab world. He also criticised the developed countries for keeping their stranglehold on the rest of the world. He returned to the condition of Urdu at the end of his speech stating that in our society those who silenced both governments and the masses had laid siege to the language.
Prof Sahar Ansari said Qurtuba could be analysed at an intellectual level, and like Mustafa Karim's previous novel it had historical consciousness. The city of Qurtuba had been used as a symbol of Muslims' 800-year rule of Spain. He said the story on the one hand had characters who wished to understand history through religion; on the other hand there were characters that employed reasoning and rationale to solve life's mysteries. He likened the novel to Amin Malouf's Samarqand, in which the poet Omar Khayyam was at the centre of the story.
Talking about Razia Fasih Ahmed's Aik Sadi Ki Kahani, he said she had used the characters of her first novel Abla Pa in the story. He said while philosophy and history presented a confined view of life, the human heart beat in the novel.
Mustafa Karim gave a brief background to his book, and also referred to his earlier novels Toofan Ki Ahat and Rasta Bund Hai.
Razia Fasih Ahmed read an excerpt from her novel.
Najmul Hasan Rizvi read a paper on Aik Sadi Ki Kahani. He said the novel was an extension of Razia Fasih's first book Abla Pa and refreshed memories of the 20th century which was an era of inventions as well as conflicts and controversies. He said the author hadn't allowed history to overtake the story. He said the writer had used simple language and technique to propagate her message.
Saira Ghluam Nabi narrated the story of Qurtuba and told the gathering that the protagonist, after losing his father and getting separated from his wife, reaches the city of Qurtuba and sees history with a new angle.
In the end, publisher of the book Asif Farrukhi thanked the participants. Poetess Fatima Hasan conducted the programme. Dawn
No VC appointed at ICU after Ajmal's kidnapping
Peshawar: Seven months after the kidnapping of Islamia College University Vice-Chancellor (VC) Ajmal Khan, the authorities concerned could neither take effective measures to recover the head of the highest seat of learning nor could they appoint an acting head of the university for its proper functioning.
Pledges and demands were renewed both regarding the safe recovery of the kidnapped VC and having an acting administrative head of the university after the appointment of Masood Kausar as new governor of the province exactly one month ago.
But nothing material could be seen so far even after the noted lawyer took oath as governor, chancellor of public sector universities and federal government's representative to oversee the affairs of the tribal areas.
It has been the persistent demand of the teachers, other employees and students of all the universities and other educational institutions that sincere efforts should be made to ensure safe recovery of the vice-chancellor.
The Class-III and Class-IV employees of the Islamia College held the longest protest camp and duty boycott in the universities' history to press the authorities to expedite the struggle for recovery of the vice-chancellor, but to no avail.
The representative bodies of the teachers have also been pressing the government to ensure safe recovery of the academician. The Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association (Fapuasa) in its general body meeting held at the Agricultural University here a few days ago threatened to launch a countrywide strike at the public universities if proper measures were not adopted to make sure safe recovery of the vice-chancellor.
The government and the law-enforcing agencies too have made several claims of reaching very close to the recovery of Ajmal Khan, who happens to be a close relative of the top leadership of the ruling Awami National Party, but no claim could prove true.
The militants have released four videotapes of the kidnapped VC so far, in which he has been shown appealing the quarters concerned to make serious attempts for his recovery. The VC was kidnapped near his house at the Professor's Colony in the close vicinity of the university campus on September 7 last year.
The kidnapping also badly affected the smooth functioning of the university, as the authorities failed to appoint an acting administrative head of the institution. All the demands of the university's employees for appointment of the acting vice-chancellor have so far fallen on deaf ears. The teaching staff association of the university made a fresh demand of the incumbent chancellor after he took oath as governor to appoint an acting vice-chancellor, which is yet to be fulfilled.
The teaching staff in a letter to the governor stated that since the tragic kidnapping of the VC, Islamia College University has been immensely suffering due to the absence of acting head. "We are utterly at a loss as to why the higher authorities have failed to appoint an acting vice-chancellor despite a very clear Section in the University Act 2009," the letter stated.
The Act says: "At any time when the office of the vice-chancellor is vacant, or the vice-chancellor is absent or unable to perform the functions of his office due to illness or some other cause, the chancellor may appoint the senior most dean/officer of the university to officiate as vice-chancellor."
Despite these clear instructions, the former governor tried to appoint a junior professor as acting vice-chancellor, which was vehemently opposed by the senior faculty members of the university forcing the then chancellor to take his decision back. However, the university was left working without a head, a senior professor of the university said.
"Even now some junior professors and even associate professors are trying to win the sympathy of the chancellor so that they could be appointed as acting head of the university," he said.
The teaching staff association in their letter to the governor clearly mentioned that there was no room of appointing any other person that the senior most dean/officer as acting or officiating vice-chancellor. The news
Gomal University submits report on minister's degree
Peshawar: The Gomal University, Dera Ismail Khan, on Monday submitted an inquiry report regarding the graduation degree of senior provincial minister, Rahimdad Khan, before an election tribunal hearing election petitions against the minister.
The tribunal presided over by Justice Mazhar Alam Miankhel of the Peshawar High Court fixed March 14 for next hearing of two identical petitions filed by Shahid Khan and Riaz Khan, two of the candidates who had lost to Mr Rahimdad in the Feb 2008 general elections in the provincial assembly constituency PF-27, Mardan.
An assistant registrar of the university appeared before the tribunal and submitted the inquiry report sealed in an envelope.
Advocate Abdul Lateef Yousafzai, appearing for Mr Rahimdad contended that he had already challenged through a writ petition before the high court the order of the tribunal whereby the said inquiry report was summoned and made part of the record. He requested the tribunal that as the said writ petition would be taken up for hearing on March 9, therefore, till next hearing the sealed inquiry report may not be opened.
The presiding officer accepted his plea and decided not to unseal the inquiry report till next hearing.
Advocates Qazi Muhammad Anwer and Abdul Lateef Afridi represented the petitioners. The petitioners claimed that in the inquiry conducted by the university it was proved that the degree presented by Mr Rahimdad was not genuine.
Meanwhile, the tribunal reserved its judgment in another election petition challenging the election of MPA Sarfaraz Khan who had won in the general election on the provincial assembly constituency PF-36, Swabi.
The tribunal fixed March 21 for pronouncing the order. Advocate Qazi Muhammad Anwer, appearing for Mr Sarfaraz, and petitioner's counsel Aamir Jawed completed their arguments.
The petitioner, Aamir Saeed, has challenged the election of Mr Sarfaraz on the ground that around 224 votes, which were double-stamped, were counted in favour of Mr Sarfaraz, which was illegal and against the provisions of the Representation of Peoples Act. The petitioner had lost with a narrow margin of 134 votes.
Mr Aamir argued that the representatives of the petitioner were not allowed to sit during counting of votes at polling station No.44, where votes stamped twice were found.
Similarly, the tribunal also adjourned till April 4 the hearing in different election petitions challenging the election of MNA Aftab Ahmad Sherpao and MPA Muhammad Ali. Dawn